Democrat politicians, alleged journalists, and far-left activists spread a deceptively edited video clip from last year that they falsely claimed showed President Donald Trump calling immigrants and asylum seekers "animals," when, in fact, he was referring to members of the notoriously hyper-violent MS-13 street gang.
A Twitter user named Mark Elliott posted the following tweet on Friday with the caption: "[email protected] on people asking for asylum 'These aren't people. These are animals.'"
Elliott got the video from a CSPAN tweet, which he embedded in his own tweet. The video that CSPAN deceptively edited does not give context to whom Trump is referring to when he says, "These aren't people. These are animals."
CNN was one of the few news organizations that accurately reported the full context of what Trump said when he made the remarks. Here is the relevant part of the transcript:
Sheriff Margaret Mims: "There could be an MS-13 member I know about — if they don’t reach a certain threshold, I cannot tell ICE about it."
President Donald Trump: "We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in — and we’re stopping a lot of them — but we’re taking people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals. And we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before. And because of the weak laws, they come in fast, we get them, we release them, we get them again, we bring them out. It’s crazy."
Here is the full video clip of the exchange:
Here are some of the Democrat politicians, far-left activists, and people in the media who have peddled this lie since Friday:
Democrat presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand: "Racist language like this has led to violence throughout the world’s history. No human being is an animal. We have to be better than this."
Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg: "You do not refer to human beings as animals. You just don’t."
DNC Chairman Tom Perez: "This type of dehumanizing language is dangerous, and against everything we stand for as a country."
Far-left activist David Hogg: "Step two on the pyramid of committing genocide: Dehumanization."
CNN's Ana Navarro: "This is journalist, @TifaniRoberts comforting a small boy on the border. He was shot in the throat by Ortega’s thugs in Nicaragua. This little boy is seeking asylum in the United States. His name is William. Trump calls him 'animal'."
Christine Teigen: "f***ing vile man."
MSNBC's Joy Reid: "Asylum seekers 'aren't people.' They are 'animals.' This is particularly frightening language coming out of a person vested with the power of a presidential office."
Former Obama official Ben Rhodes: "If the leader of any other country said this, we would view it as a horrifying, authoritarian assault on human dignity. Which it is."
Mikel Jollett, frontman of the band The Airborne Toxic Effect: "The President of the United States literally saying immigrants aren’t 'human.' This is the literal definition of the 'dehumanization' which precedes genocide."
Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund: "This is so irresponsible and dangerous. We have seen this around the world."
Democrat Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (NY): "This is appalling. This is cruel. This is dehumanizing. This is racist. This is un-American. This is Donald J. Trump."
Democrat Rep. TJ Cox (CA): "Immigrants aren’t animals. Children aren’t animals. And they don’t deserve to be locked in cages, separated from their families."
Democrat Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (PA): "My father, who was welcomed by this country after surviving the Holocaust, is not an animal. The people seeking refuge and asylum in America like he did are not animals. Smart and effective border security does not involve denigrating our fellow humans. Full stop."
New York Times columnist Wajahat Ali: "Glad it's out in the open. Dehumanization. It always begins with language. Soon they will be rats and rodents and a horde. And what do we do to those animals when they 'invade' our homes?...."